The Atlanta Hawks have gotten off to an excellent 14-6 start this season, and are currently tied for first place in the Southeast Division with the Miami Heat. However, the Hawks have had some issues late in games, especially against struggling opponents.
That was not the case when the Hawks smashed the Charlotte Bobcats, 113-90, Thursday night. The Hawks, who had nearly blown a double-digit fourth quarter lead to the Bobcats a couple of weeks ago, jumped out to a big lead on Thursday and never looked back.
Shooting guard Kyle Korver said the team rallied together in the locker room at halftime and vowed to not let up with the big lead (via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution):
"I think mentally, in the locker room, we just decided that we were going to do it," Korver said. "It's easy to let up when you have a lead. We've done that several times. We've gotten away with it. But we know. Tonight, coach came in and he was talking about it but he didn't have to because we were already talking about it. Like we were going to go out there and put them away."
After leading by 17 at the half, the Hawks came out in the third quarter and immediately went on an 18-7 run to extend the lead to a game-high 28 points. They then cruised the rest of the way to victory.
Korver really likes the way the team is playing right now, but also knows there's plenty of room for improvement:
"I think we feel good about where we are right now," Korver said. "I think we have a lot of room to grow. I think we are just starting to make some strides in areas we need to grow in, like execution, awareness, discipline. We have a lot of talent but we have to keep paying attention to details. I think in the last week and a half the team is starting to do that more."